Nutrition Action Alert: State Budget Update
May 15, 2017
In This Issue
Act Now! Support Safe Drinking Water for CalFresh Households

Let state leaders know that safe drinking water is a priority! CFPA is calling on partners and community members to urge the State Legislature to fund a $5 million initiative to provide temporary CalFresh assistance to low-income households in disadvantaged communities that have been living for years without safe water.   It only takes a few minutes to make your voice heard. Once you've taken action, spread the word and share with others!

Let key legislators know you support this investment!

Sample Calls or Emails

Assemblymember Arambula, Chair, Budget Subcommittee on Human Services
Phone: (916) 319-2031| Email:

Senator Pan, Chair, Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
Phone: (916) 651-4006 | Email:

I'm calling/writing to support California Food Policy Advocates' budget request to provide temporary, supplemental CalFresh assistance to communities without safe drinking water. CalFresh would deliver time-limited nutrition benefits to alleviate the cost of purchasing water when community water systems are unsafe to drink.  I support this because...
  • Struggling Californians can't afford to wait for long-term solutions.
  • People shouldn't have to choose between buying water or food with scarce grocery dollars.
  • This is an effective temporary solution to provide relief when residents wait years for permanent infrastructure improvements that bring safe water.

Sample Tweets

Support @CAFoodPolicy action to provide CalFresh relief to those living w/o safe water  @DrPanMD  @drarambula559  @PhilTing  @HollyJMitchell

Ppl shouldn't have to choose btwn food & water  @DrPanMD @drarambula559 @PhilTing Invest in @CAFoodPolicy request

Water is a human right! Support @CAFoodPolicy budget request  @DrPanMD @drarambula559  @PhilTing @HollyJMitchell
Learn more about the Safe Drinking Water for Food Insecure Families budget request. link

Contact:  Tracey Patterson at 510.433.1122 ext. 101
CFPA Response to 2017-18 May Revise Budget

On Thursday, May 11, Governor Brown released his 2017-18 state budget revision. This budget restores some of the cuts seen in the Governor's January budget, but there were few major changes that build the well-being of low-income Californians. 

Read CFPA's full statement on the May Revise Budget. link

What's Next?

The Legislature will begin discussing the May Revise and other state budget items this week with the aim of finalizing their budget proposals shortly. All proposed budget items will be discussed during Conference Committee hearings. By midnight on June 15, the budget must be approved by the Legislature. After the Legislature approves the budget, the Governor can sign the budget for immediate enactment or veto individual items. By law, the new budget must be enacted by July 1.

Learn More

Read the Revised 2017-18 Budget.  link

Learn more from the California Budget & Policy Center.  link

Contact:  Tracey Patterson at  510.433.1122 ext. 101
Main Office | 1970 Broadway, Suite 760 | Oakland, CA 94612 | 510.433.1122
Los Angeles | 205 S. Broadway, Suite 402 | Los Angeles, CA 90012 | 213.482.8200